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What the Far-Right’s Electoral Victory Means for Israel

MIN READNov 29, 2022 | 20:55 GMT

Itamar Ben Gvir, the leader of Israel’s far-right Oztma Yehudit party, holds a press conference on Nov. 28, 2022, in Jerusalem.

Itamar Ben Gvir, the leader of Israel’s far-right Oztma Yehudit party, holds a press conference on Nov. 28, 2022, in Jerusalem.

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Israel’s ascendent far-right will use its recent electoral success to push its nationalist and ultra-Orthodox agenda. But despite likely criticism, the country’s U.S., European and Middle Eastern allies are unlikely to substantially alter their policy toward Israel to preserve their strategic ties with the country. Israel’s far-right Religious Zionism party -- which includes smaller extremist parties like Oztma Yehudit (“Jewish Power”) and the anti-LGBTQ Neom party -- won the third largest share of Knesset seats in the country’s Nov. 1 legislative election, giving it significant leverage in negotiations with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appoint a coalition government. ...

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